The researchers added up costs from the DMHAS and the state judiciary, the Departments of Correction and Public Safety, and Medicaid. The justice-involved individuals each incurred total costs of $48,980 on average, compared with $24,728 per person for those not involved with the criminal justice system, said Jeffery Swanson, Ph.D., and colleagues, writing in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The study’s findings should help state health officials better plan, coordinate, and deliver services to these populations, the researchers concluded.
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